Unisa SRC Threatens National Shutdown Should NSFAS Funds Remain Unresolved

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The Kwazulu Natal University of South Africa student representative council (SRC) has made threats that should the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding crisis remain unresolved, it will results to the National shutdown on the University.

This follows the strike that took place on Monday at the city hall, with angry students stoning cars and over turning bins in the Durban city centre. It is believed that over 80,000 students register themselves annually in correspondence institution in KZN.

Unisa’s national SRC president Zandile Sodladla said that thousands of students had not yet received study grants‚ preventing registration and commencement of their 2018 academic program.

“The chaos in the KZN campus is not unique‚ the entire province is in tatters based on the issue of NSFAS‚” Sodladla said.

“The most critical issue is student funding. We just had a meeting with the management of this institution and we wanted to find solutions around this funding issue‚” she added.

According to Sodladla, the meeting with the institutions management was to resolve the matter of funding the students, as the NSFAS claims it has deposited R53 million but students have not yet been funded.

“If this is not resolved‚ we will have a national shutdown of Unisa‚” Sodladla added.

Kagisho Mamabolo, the spokesperson of NSFAS said the body has not yet received the formal communication from the institutions management.

“We have contacted the university to get an update on the matter‚” he said.

NSFAS was supposed to meet and address the students regarding the funding, and later cancelled on the 11th hour.